August 19th, 2008
05:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Limbaugh warns McCain over VP

Limbaugh says McCain should not pick Ridge or Lieberman for VP.
Limbaugh says McCain should not pick Ridge or Lieberman for VP.

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh, the popular conservative talk-show host who's long been lukewarm to John McCain's candidacy, warned the Arizona senator Tuesday picking a pro-choice running mate could devastate the Republican Party.

Referencing reports McCain advisors are seriously considering both former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and former Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Lieberman - both of whom favor abortion rights - Limbaugh said picking either of those men would ensure a GOP defeat, and damage the party’s brand for years to come.

"How about some discussion from the McCain campaign about a conservative who can be counted on across the board, who can help lead the country in the right direction?" said Limbaugh. "Who can help rebuild the Republican Party? Lieberman can’t do that - and rebuild the conservative movement? McCain nor Lieberman nor Ridge can do that.”

The comments come amid reports senior advisors to McCain are floating both Lieberman and Ridge's names among key social conservatives in an effort to measure the blowback the Arizona senator will face if he names either man to the ticket. One party insider tells CNN that McCain campaign manager Rick Davis has called several state party chairs and indicated Ridge will be the Republican vice presidential pick this cycle.

Limbaugh said Tuesday that the drawbacks of choosing either man far out-weighed any potential benefits.

"McCain has already seen to it that he can walk across the aisle that he’s the top of the ticket," Limbaugh said. "If anybody is going to attract moderates, it’s going to be the top of the ticket guy. He’s not going to help himself any additional way, he’s going to hurt himself by putting a liberal or a liberal Republican on this ticket, particularly pro-choice.”


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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. McCain/Lieberman

    McCain is a maverick and doesn't need the advice of a hate-monger, like rush.

    August 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Joe Kiloz

    WHY -GIVE-–RUSH-–IMPORTANCE--ON--THE--SUBJECT-???

    August 19, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    mccain, should pick who he wants too. He will pick him today and forget who he picked tomorrow.

    August 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Ern

    Memo to Rush –

    People like you have destroyed the Republican party. Hopefully they will move further and further from people like you and we can actually get things done in this country.

    August 19, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. kel

    What is this Kennedy had to deal with question about the [ope now MCain will have to get permission from the RUSH so sad

    August 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. vet

    get 'em rush! let that lukewarm republican wannabe know who runs this party.

    August 19, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. James in Dallas

    PLEASE PICK LIE-BERMAN. YOU WILL LOSE WITH GREAT EASE AND CALMNESS.

    August 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. ObamaNation

    Oooo... A warning from Rush Limbaugh.

    What kind of nation gives somebody like him a platform to speak from?

    August 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Bud

    Rush Limpballs is a big, fat liar. He has nothing to offer anyone or this country. He managed to avoid military service, but criticizes others for not joining. Any advice from Limpballs must be seen as an attempt for his self-promotion. What a loser!

    August 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Limbaugh. Please. Who put him in charge?

    August 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. hillybilly

    who cares about mccain or limbaugh?vote barr '08

    August 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. LS

    One idiot giving advice to the other idiots.

    Limbaugh is the utmost perfect example of what an idiot is made of.

    August 19, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Thomas Paine

    If Limbaugh was so against McCain why did he not challenge McCain's eligibility to be President on the grounds that he is not a natural born citizen, one born in the United States of America. That was and is the meaning by the framers on the U.S. Constitution.

    August 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Ken in Dallas

    This could be interesting.

    Is Rush Limbaugh a real threat to McCain's candidacy?

    If McCain got elected, would Limbaugh's pulpit bullier than his?

    Who wants to live in a nation where Limbaugh is a power behind the throne, er, presidency?

    Stay tuned.

    August 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  15. joe

    i will vote for McCain only if pick Leiberman as vp....

    August 19, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. vet

    tell 'em rush!mccain is dooming our party with his pandering to the center for votes!

    August 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Ndasi Lionel

    Sorry but does it really matters... Mcbush will never get my vote. He is a War monger. I need a world without war for my kids. Hey Mcwar or Mcbush my kids(9,2 years and 3 months old) won't go to Irak if you plan to stay there 4for 100 years... only fools will vote you.... Mr rich man.... in short i brand u McRich!

    August 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. anonmouys

    go ahead and pick ridge

    August 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Geoff Los Angeles

    Mr. Limbaugh is going to find it a lot harder to share oxycontins with Mrs. McCain if he has to go to the White House to do so. I think he wants McCain to lose.

    August 19, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Limbaugh the hate monger go ahead and advise the old guy. I would htink the last thing any decent man would want is advice from the likes of you.

    August 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. MCnugget

    McCain wont choose a pro choice candidate he has found faith, funny how candidates find faith the when the polls are down.

    August 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. p davis

    who cares

    August 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Talk about the blind leading the blind!

    August 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Phil Newton, Murphy OR

    Liar, Liar.

    August 19, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Proud to be American

    Rush said what? sorry he put me to sleep...

    By The Way – Obama 08

    August 19, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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